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BracesOrthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can often choose brackets that are clear or metallic, and sometimes you can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.
OrthodonticsOrthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
Invisalign OrthodonticsIf applicable, share your Invisalign® ClinCheck® via email and Facebook; show your family and friends how easy it is to improve their smile, too!
BridgesLeigh Ann attended Central Piedmont Community College and has been in the dental field since 1994. Her career in dentistry began by making crowns and bridges to help brighten smiles. She now loves to see a child build trust in our dentist and staff. Leigh Ann, a hard worker, is highly skilled in guiding patients with their insurance benefits, maintaining accounts and overseeing overall functions. She is described by her teammates as professional and detailed oriented.
CrownsIf your child's tooth has been knocked out of his mouth, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it's in place). Place the tooth in a clean container with milk. Call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly it's possible to save the tooth.
PulpotomyIf your child’s primary tooth has extensive decay, or has been damaged by trauma, action may be needed to restore the integrity of the tooth and prevent infection from spreading to surrounding teeth. After a set of X-rays are taken, your dentist will be able to assess the extent of the infection and recommend one of two options, a pulpotomy or a pulpectomy.
Root Canal TreatmentOn Feb. 1, JLC shuttled children from school to various dental offices to receive services ranging from preventive care to root canals, Russell said.
DenturesKeep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
Tooth WhiteningNothing makes a bigger or faster impression than your smile. In fact, a beautiful, bright smile can be your biggest asset. When you look your best, you feel your best, and your smile shares that feeling with the world. For a brighter, more radiant smile, look no further than Venus White. From in-office whitening to convenient at-home systems, there's a high-performance Venus White option for you.
General DentistryDr. Cangemi completed Dental School at the University of North Carolina, where he received the Grover C. Hunter Jr. Award for academic and clinical excellence in Periodontics. He went on to complete a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. While in private practice he completed his certification in intravenous sedation. Desiring more extensive knowledge in anesthesiology, he entered into an anesthesiology residency and the Masters Program at Ohio State University. He obtained his Masters Degree in Anesthesiology and a Certificate of Residency in Anesthesiology from Ohio State University. Dr. Cangemi now provides anesthesiology services for General Dentists, Pediatric Dentists, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and other Dental Specialists, for a wide variety of dental procedures.
Space MaintainersIf your child’s tooth has come out too soon because of decay or an accident, it is important to maintain the space to prevent future space loss and dental problems when permanent teeth begin to come in. Without the use of a space maintainer, the teeth that surround the open space can shift, impeding the permanent tooth’s eruption. When that happens, the need for orthodontic treatment may become greater.
Teeth CleaningYour child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they "seal" the deep grooves in your child's teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your child's regular checkups.
Fluoride TreatmentA fluoride treatment in the dentist's office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, patients may be asked to not rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your child's oral health or your doctor's recommendation, your child may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months. Your doctor may also prescribe at-home fluoride products such as mouthwash, gels, or antibacterial rinses.
Dental SealantsSometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your child's mouth. It is difficult for a toothbrush to reach between the small cracks and grooves on teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your child's teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental ExaminationYour dental hygienist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings. The dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.
X-raysBecause we care about your child's bodily health and well-being, we believe that reducing the amount of radiation exposure is extremely important. Although the amount of radiation used in dental X-rays is very small, the effect is cumulative, so all radiation counts. Digital X-rays can reduce your child's exposure to radiation by up to 80 percent!
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral SurgeryChildren who need oral surgery or other dental treatment that would be difficult for the child to tolerate while awake
Jaw SurgeryThe main difference between treating adults and children or teens is that the jawbones of younger patients are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may make orthognathic surgery possible to align the jawbones. Other differences include...
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